ST LUKE'S CHURCH
. ♦ . THE CONSECRATION SERVICE. SERMON BY ARCHDEACON AVERILL. The consecration 1 of the Church of St Luke the Evangelist was performed yesterday, morning at matins, the new churoh being again crowded to the doors. - The ceremony of consecration, which was of a very, impressive nature, was performed by Bishop Julius. He was received at the principal entrance of the church by the vicar., the Rev W. Walmsley Seagwick, and a number oi "clergy, the churchwardens, members of the vestry and others., and a petition, signed by tho vicar and churchwardens, was delivered to him, asking that he should consecrate the church. Th© petition having been read and consent ed to, a procession was formed, which made a complete circuit of the church, singing selected Psalms. -Returning to the principal entrance, the Bishop entered the church- and received the key, and the procession wended its way to the chancel. The Bishop pliaced the key on the altar table and offered prayer, after which the congregation sang " Veni, Creator Spiritus.", Subsequently the Bishop proceeded round the church, versicles and prayers being said at the font, the chancel steps, the lectern, the pulpit, the memorial chapel, the choir stalls, the sanctuary steps and the altar table, where the holy vessels and linen were presented to the Bishop to be laid upon the altar table. The Bishop ordered the sentence of consecration to be read by the chancellor of the diocese, and then signed it and declared the church consecrated, ordering the document to be preserved. The preacher was Archdeacon Averill. Bishop-elect of Waiapu, who took for his text 2 Chronicles, 12, 11:—"6 :— " I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this" place to Myself for a house of sacrifice. For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there for ever, and Mine eyes and Mine heart shall be there perpetually." " Can we, dare wo' think," said the preacher, " that our consecration service to-day is, the same as it was in the days of Solomon? , Can we believe that we are engaged this morning in a service so great, so spiritual, _so majestic that we are really handing over to the very Eternal God Himself tho title deeds of this House which ha? been built for his honour and glory? Can we dare to think that the immanent and transcendent God will really accept at our hands this Church o<f .St Luke? Yes, God is the same yesterday, to-day and forever. God's love for his people has not altered since the days of Solomon, but, God be praised, we kri*ow it now since the Incarnation as men could not know it in the days of Solomon. We cannot doubt God's willingness to accept our earthly temples., we cannot. doubt the
special presence of God in our .cturches, for , the heart of God yearns ttf come nearer ever nearer to His people. To- | day we offer to God this house; to-day we believe that He accepts it and puts ' His name here forever." The day, continued the preacher, was -thf> crowning act of a great and splendid effort. The church would always speak to many of them of the power of prayer, and would always be regarded as a.' monument of believing . prayer, never-failing hope, and real devotion to Him to Whose honour it had been erected. The devotion and self-sacri-fice and perseverance which thia, great undertaking had called forth from so many friends and sympathisers, and which had shone forth so conspicuously in" the arduous work, and splendid leadership of the Vicar, must leave their mark forever upon the lives and characters of many who had offered so willingly unt- the Lord, and they would be rewarded for their love and selfsacrifice' in ways that they had never dreamed of when they began the work. They must always remember that God had chosen the place as a house of sacrifice, and they must never let that ideal depart from it. The services during the day. were all very largely attended. At a children's service in the afternoon the Rev B. K. Mules gavo an address, and at evensong the i vicar preached. The, opening services will be continued to-day.
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ST LUKE'S CHURCH, Star, Issue 9675, 18 October 1909
ST LUKE'S CHURCH Star, Issue 9675, 18 October 1909
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